Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

After so many years we are still together here. Which is stronger – the past, the present or the future? Where to find God – in the past, in the present or in the future? In the present moment. That means, we need the bhakti school of yoga. Because religion says we can find God in the past. Mysticism says we can find God in the future. Bhakti, the way of divine love says we can find Him here and now.

This is our chance to live a full, complete present moment. And the best way to find Him is when we purify our vision. The Supreme Lord is hidden in so many ways. In so many places He is hiding. Especially where? He is hiding practically in the hearts of the pure devotees. And it is also said that the pure devotees are in His heart. So whenever we come closer to God, that means we also come closer to His associates. And whenever we come closer to His associates, that means we come closer to Him.

Therefore practice bhakti. Because by religion you can become a follower of dharma, a dharmic person. He is called dharmachari – living according to dharma. It is much better than adharmachari – person who is not living according to dharma. But simply to become dharmic is boring for Krishna.

If you are a mystic, you will live in mist. But bhakti will clean up this mist.

To find God not in the past, not in the future, but in the present moment we must apply this very special method – divine love. In most of the cases religion is a way to preserve some culture; in most of the cases mysticism is a way to miss the target; but bhakti should be a direct way. Therefore this is religion above religion, this is mysticism over mysticism. Raja vidya raja guhyam[1] – the king of knowledge and the king of mysticism. This is our bhakti process.

[1] “Bhagavad-gita” 9.2

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